Natural Skin Care Remedies
If you’re tired of chemically-derived, fragrance-filled, rainbows of skin care products, then this is the article for you.
You can care for your skin naturally without having to hunt through the forest for ingredients and brew them together in a cauldron.
Many natural solutions to skin problems can be found in your own kitchen, are easy to make, and can care for your skin just as well as those pricy products on the beauty store shelves. Let’s talk about some of the skin issues plaguing modernity and discuss how you can treat them safely and effectively without leaving your home:
Dark Under Eye Circles
If you’ve woken up from an all-nighter of studying or came in late from the block party and see a zombie staring back at you in the mirror, you’ll need a fast remedy that’ll zap those dark circles so at least you can pretend like you got some sleep last night.
First: A cold compress can help to reduce dilated and discolored under-eye blood vessels. You can do this with a cold washcloth, chilled teabags, or a wrapped ice pack. This solution won’t last all day but it will buy you a few hours at least.
Second: Use a potato. This may sound strange, but it’s proven to work. Place a diced potato in your blender or food processer and blend it to a pulp. Scoop out the concoction and place a portion of it over each eye while lying down. Remain laying for 15 minutes and then wash the potato off with warm water.
Creating a natural exfoliator can be quite simple. Some versions that we like include:
1. Mix table salt with your cleanser. This mixture is grainy enough to remove dead skin cells and smooth your complexion, yet gentle enough not to harm your skin or cause additional drying or redness.
2. Mix sugar with olive oil. Use a 2 to1 (2 parts oil, one part sugar) ratio when mixing these ingredients then gently rub it onto your face using small circles. The sugar sloughs off dead skin cells while the olive oil moisturizes, don’t worry though, the oil won’t clog your pores. Wash the mixture off with warm water.
3. Applying mineral oil, baby oil, or petroleum jelly to affected areas can instantly moisturize your skin. Contrary to popular belief, applying oil to your skin will counterbalance your skin’s oil production and will actually leave your skin less oily.
Acne is a problem that plagues most individuals ranging from teen to adulthood. It can be frustrating to deal with and most products leave your skin more red and dry than it started. Try these at-home ideas we’ve found to work:
Tea tree oil-is the perfect replacement for benzoyl peroxide. This oil should be mixed 9 parts water or mineral oil with 1 part tea tree oil. You can apply the mixture with a cotton ball at night before you go to bed. If you’re not seeing improvements, start applying the mixture in the morning as well.
Honey-is actually one of the oldest acne remedies. You’d think that honey in all of its stickiness would block your pores, but no. Honey is a powerful antioxidant that has been used for centuries because of its anti-bacterial properties. Honey will kill acne forming bacteria, reduce inflammation, and keep your skin feeling smooth and healthy.
All You Need is your Kitchen
All of the ingredients used in the remedies above are mostly likely sitting in the back of your pantry, but if not, these items are inexpensive and easily obtainable.
Natural skin care is extremely beneficial because it is gentler than chemical products and is more likely to treat and cure your skin problems than make them worse like so many commercial products do.